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Protests remain lethal in Guinea

On 13th June 2019, one person died and at least 28 people were injured when clashes broke out during a protest in N’Zérékoré, a city in the south of Guinea. The protest was called by the Front national pour la défense de la Constitution (FNDC; National Front for the Protection of the Constitution), a platform of opposition and some members of civil society and trade unions formed in April 2019, to demonstrate against a change of the constitution to allow president Condé a third term beyond 2020. Read more

 Protests remain lethal in Guinea

Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy

In early July 2019, the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) released a trove of documents, known as the Protest Papers, indicating that Canada's intelligence apparatus coordinated with energy companies to spy on several groups engaged in peaceful advocacy and protest. In the period covered by this update, several protests have also taken place in defense of environmental causes, LGBTQ and religious rights, and in solidarity with Hong Kong demonstrations. Journalist Ben Makuch handed over to the police all his communications with a source, after years of court battles.

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Intelligence agency coordinated with energy companies to spy on groups engaged in peaceful advocacy

Civil society organisations accuse Bolivian government of creating a hostile environment for HRDs

Amnesty International's report on Bolivia exposes an alarming environment for human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the country - where these actors face a variety of threats and accusations by high-level authorities.

In the Los Yungas region, recurrent protests from coca growers have escalated into violence and led to arrests.

While there has been a positive development for freedom of association in Bolivia, with the removal of a law that financially strangled independent media, there have also also been a number of incidents signalling that political interference in journalism is far from over. This update covers the period from 25th of May to 8th of July 2019. Read more

Civil society organisations accuse Bolivian government of creating a hostile environment for HRDs
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Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

In the period covered by this update, from 20th May to the 8th July 2019, there have been coordinated rallies and demonstrations across the US on issues ranging from migration, women's rights, public housing and climate change. In many cases, demonstrations resulted in the arrest of some participants. There have also been a number of developments related to freedom of association and expression - in particular, indictments in the Assange WikiLeaks case which have drawn concerns over the state of press freedom in the country. Read more

Espionage Act charges against Assange jeopardise press freedom

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

As we've previously documented on the CIVICUS Monitor, conditions for civil society in Serbia remain constrained. In an indication of this worsening situation for civil society, the European Commission (EC) recently highlighted Serbia's failure to improve civic space. Read more

EU highlights Serbia's failure to improve civic space

Journalist attacked by supporters of ruling party

As president Julius Maada Bio opened the second session of Sierra Leone's Parliament on 2nd May 2019, supporters of the ruling party - the Sierra Leone People's Party (SLPP) - physically assaulted journalist Amira Tatayea Bangura outside of the Parliament, said the Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA). Bangura, a reporter for Sierra Express Media, was covering a protest action of opposition members of parliament, who walked out of the Parliament in protest of what they call SLPP's bad governance. Read more

Journalist attacked by supporters of ruling party

Protesters Demand Better Working Conditions

Protesters demand better working conditions for workers in the country, more protests as construction workers die while on duty, Community members in Pansiki protest against construction of Hydro Power Plant in their region, Georgia drops one slot in RSF annual index, Read more

Protesters Demand Better Working Conditions

Growing protection concerns as journalists in Greece targeted by violent actors

Journalists and media professional have been targeted by protesters and violent non-state actors for their critical reporting. On 14th May 2019, the car of a well-known police reporter for the CNN’s Greek edition, was destroyed in an arson attack. In addition, the head of the Greek National Commission for Human Rights (GNCHR) resigned accusing the government of “authoritarianism in taking and enforcing its decisions” and for demonstrating “indifferent and often degrading positions” towards the Commission. On the positive side, efforts have been made towards decriminalisation of defamation. Read more

Growing protection concerns  as journalists in Greece targeted by violent actors

Access to social media blocked on day of anti-government protest

Internet providers blocked the access to social media platforms such as Whatsapp, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram as a planned anti-government protest on 7th June 2019 was about to take place in Liberia's capital, Monrovia. According to digital rights CSO NetBlocks, based on network measurement data, the leading provider Lonestar also restricted Gmail and access to AP News, a news agency that reportedly published a critical article on events in the morning of 7th June, besides restrictions on the access to social media. Read more

Access to social media blocked on day of anti-government protest

Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation

In the fallout of opposition leader Juan Guaidó's address calling the population to take to the streets, there have been several reports of protesters injured and killed in Venezuela, as well as a crackdown on freedom of expression throughout the month of May 2019 - in particular through the strategic disruption of internet services. Opposition politician Edgar Zambrano was arrested for supporting Guaidó's uprising and one Human Rights Defender, Alexis Bustamante, has been reported missing. Read more

Maduro government continues to strangle opposition with repression and intimidation